Friday, 22 October 2010

UNIDO organizes training course for Latin American representatives on role of SMEs in economic development

TURIN, Italy, 22 October 2010 – Twenty four representatives from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) support institutions in Latin America took part in a training course on economic development that ended in Turin today.

The five-day course, “Export, quality and local economic development: the role of SME consortia” was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization  (ITC-ILO).

The training will be followed by a four-month online assistance course. 

Since 2006, UNIDO has been teaming up with ITC-ILO to deliver training courses on SME Export Consortia Development.

To date, more than 80 participants from 40 countries have been trained. Some 35 per cent of the trainees have started to promote export consortia in their countries.

In view of the growing demand for training, UNIDO has established, in cooperation with ITC-ILO, an e-learning platform at – an electronic tool for virtual tutoring.

The first beneficiaries of the e-learning platform were 18 representatives from Latin American institutions, who attended training courses in Turin in November 2009. Participants received further e-coaching from December 2009 to April 2010 to help them develop pilot projects in their countries.

For more information, please contact:

Fabio Russo
Senior Industrial Development Officer

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